Current Affairs Recap of the Week: 21 March – 26 March 2016 brings for its reader recap of the important current affairs of the week in bulleted form.

Created On: Mar 26, 2016 19:00 ISTModified On: Mar 26, 2016 17:55 IST brings for its reader recap of the important current affairs of the week in bulleted form.

•    The Prime Minister of this country on 25 March 2016 announced to set up a counter-messaging centre to fight the Islamic State in the cyber world - Malaysia

•    The Union Cabinet on 23 March 2016 gave its ex-post facto approval for a MoU with this country to mobilise long term investment into the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund – United Arab Emirates

•    The country with which Pakistan signed 6 MoUs to strengthen bilateral cooperation – Iran

•    He topped the World’s Greatest Leaders list that was released by Fortune magazine – Jeff Bezos

•    He was the only Indian who figured in the World’s Greatest Leaders list that was released by Fortune magazine – Arvind Kejriwal

•    As per the E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 this consumer product was brought under the purview of electronic waste norms for the first time - Compact Fluorescent Lamp

•    This public sector undertaking successfully commissioned a 600 MW coal-based thermal power plant at Jaipur in Adilabad district of Telangana - Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited

•    The United Nations Security Council decided to extend the UN Assistance Mission in this country till 31 March 2017 – Somalia

•    The citizens of this country rejected a proposal to replace the national flag in a referendum – New Zealand

•    Shane Watson on 24 March 2016 announced his retirement from international cricket. He played for over 14 years for – Australia

•    The ICTY tribunal of the UN sentenced the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic to 40-year imprisonment for war crimes. The ICTY stands for - International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

•    Famous soccer player Johan Cruyff died on 24 March 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. He played for the national football team of – The Netherlands

•    The Gadanki Ionospheric Radar Interferometer or GIRI Radar System was established by the ISRO near – Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh

•    These States/UTs are not covered for the implementation of rural housing scheme of the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin from 2016 to 2019 – Delhi, Chandigarh

•    This multilateral agency will fund 1500 million US dollars for the implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin) – World Bank

•    The MoU on mobilizing long term investment into the National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) with this country was approved by the Union Cabinet – United Arab Emirates (UAE)

•    The Union Cabinet in March 2016 approved transfer of 50 acre of land from Central Sheep & Wool Research Institute (CSWRI) to this State for establishment of Veterinary University Training and Research Centre - Rajasthan

•    The Union Cabinet gave its approval to Revised Cost Estimate (RCE) of 4020.63 crore rupees for the ongoing 720 MW Mangadechhu Hydroelectric Project (HEP) of - Bhutan

•    With this country, Union Cabinet approved the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on agriculture - Lithuania

•    This region will dominate the India’s import of oil as the country demands increases to 5 million barrels by 2021 – Middle East region

•    This state will host the North East Business Summit from 7 April – 9 April 2016 - Manipur

•    These e-wastes have been covered under the E-Waste Management Rules, 2016 notified by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change - Compact Fluorescent Lamp (CFL) and other mercury containing lamps

•    These many villages were electrified under the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDUGJY) in the year 2015-16 as on 23 March 2016 - 7008

•    The theme of the World Meteorological Day 2016 that was observed across the world on 23 March 2016 is - Hotter, Drier, Wetter. Face the Future

•    The Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission who was appointed a member of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions Bureau in Geneva is - HL Dattu

•    The Formula One driver who won the 2016 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne Grand Prix is - Nico Rosberg

•    The Fast Patrol Vessel that was commissioned on 21 March 2016 in Visakhapatnam is - ICGS Arnvesh

•    The ministry that launched the Longitudinal Ageing Study in India is - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

•    This European city came under terrorist attack on 22 March 2016 killing scores of people – Brussels

•    He was re-elected as the president of Niger in March 2016 - Mahamadou Issoufou

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated broadband connectivity to North Eastern States via this country - Bangladesh

•    This space agency in March 2016 announced plans to construct lunar villages on the Moon – European Space Agency (ESA)

•    This agriculture insurance scheme was launched by the Union Government to reduce distress in the farm sector - PM Fasal Bhima Yojana

•    The Union Government released a Detailed Project Report to rejuvenate forestry resources in this river basin – Ganga

•    The theme for the World Tuberculosis Day that was observed on 24 March 2016 - United to End TB

•    9th International Abilympics started on 23 March 2016 at - Bordeaux in France

•    The state that passed the bill that specified the interest payable on debt shall be calculated at such rate as may be notified by the government on 22 March 2016- Punjab

•    This country became a dialogue partner of the Beijing-based regional security grouping, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on 22 March 2016- Nepal

•    The Union Ministry that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Industry Association for effective redressal of consumer complaints on 22 March 2016- Union Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution

•    The organization that prepared a standardised electronic format for information exchange to help tax authorities on 22 March 2016 - Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

•    The theme of the World Water Day observed on 22 March 2016 – Water and Jobs

•    He was declared as winner of the presidential elections of semi-autonomous region Zanzibar on 21 March 2016-Ali Mohamed Shein  

•    Nepal signed 10 agreements with a country to extend the strategic Tibet rail link to Nepal on 21 March 2016 – China

•    Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address to Krishi Unnati Mela in New Delhi announced to double farmers income by this year – 2022

•    21 March every year is observed as World Poetry Day by this multilateral body – UNESCO

•    Name of the campaign that will be launched by the UN illustrating water-environment-climate change link - #Climatechain

•    The theme of the World Down Syndrome Day observed on 21 March 2016 – My Friends, My Community

•    He is a Congolese national who was found guilty of crimes against humanity and war crimes by the International Criminal Court (ICC) - Jean-Pierre Bemba

•    The Mobile application that was launched by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi to help farmers to bring technology to farm fields on 21 March 2016 - Pusa Krishi

•    The duo that won men's and women’s singles titles of the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Southern California on 20 March 2016 - Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka

•    India’s unique Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats that is  among 20 new sites added by the UNESCO to its World Network of Biosphere Reserves on 21 March 2016- Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve

•    He was presented with the Life Time Achievement Award at the 5th National Photography Awards ceremony - Bhawan Singh

•    This Indian wrestler became the first one in 12 years to get an Olympic berth in the Greco-Roman category - Hardeep Singh

•    He was conferred with the Professional Photographer Award at the 5th National Photography Awards ceremony - Javed Ahmed Dar

•    He was conferred with the Amateur Photographer Award at the 5th National Photography Awards ceremony - Himanshu Thakur

•    He was appointed as the chairman of Sub-Committee under the aegis of the High Level Committee on issues related to excise duty on different articles of jewellery imposed in Budget 2016-17 - Dr Ashok Lahiri

•    It is with this State Government French aviation companies Aero Campus Aquitaine and Bordeaux Metropole signed MoU to establish training centre in the State – Telangana

•    The ministry which is hosting the Everlasting Flame International Programme - Union Ministry of Minority Affairs

•    The noted Malayalam writer was chosen for the CV Kunhiraman Literary Prize is - M Sukumaran

•    The former Chairman and CEO of Intel who died on 21 March 2016 is - Andrew Grove

•    The US Air Force General nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the United States Northern Command is - Lori Robinson

•    The business person/persons who topped the Asian Rich List 2016 is/are – Hinduja Brothers

•    He became the first Indian athlete to win a gold medal in the Asian 20 Kilometer (km) Race Walk Championships on 20 March 2016 - Gurmeet Singh

•    He won the Hero Indian Open title of golf played at the Golf Course in New Delhi 20 March 2016 - Shiv Shankar Prasad Chawrasia

•    State that received Krishi Karman Awards 2014-15 in the Category – III states (foodgrain production less than 1 million tonnes) on 19 March 2016 – Tripura

•    State that received Krishi Karman Awards 2014-15 for the production of coarse cereals in the individual crops category - Karnataka

•    The Union Ministry that notified new Plastic Waste Management Rules to curb over 6000 tonnes of uncollected plastic waste generated daily by industries on 18 March 2016-  Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change  

•    The theme of the World Sparrow Day 2016 that was observed on 20 March 2016- Rise for the SPARROW-Experience the power of one

•    The theme of the International Day of Forests 2016 that was observed on 21 March 2016 - Forests and Water

•    The mobile application that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide information on agriculture-related matters to farmers on 19 March 2016- Kisan Suvidha

•    The theme of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2016 observed on 21 March 2016 is - Challenges and Achievements of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

•    The former Prime Minister of Denmark who passed away on 20 March 2016 in Copenhagen is - Anker Joergensen

•    The famous fashion designer appointed as an advisor to the Khadi and Village Industries Commission for promotion of khadi in India and across the world is - Ritu Beri

•    The badminton player who won the men's singles title at the 2016 Swiss Open is - HS Prannoy

•    The Indian wrestler who won a gold medal in the Asian Olympic Qualification tournament held in Astana, Kazakhstan is - Yogeshwar Dutt

•    The first bank to commence the sale of Indian Gold Coin in the domestic market is - Indian Overseas Bank

•    ICC suspended Bangladesh’s Arafat Sunny and Taskin from bowling in international cricket due to their – Illegal bowling action

•    The city in which Cisco announced to set up an Internet of Everything (IoE) Innovation Centre will be set up to foster regional innovation – Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

•    On this day, the Earth Hour 2016 was observed – 19 March 2016

•    It is with this company the Government of Andhra Pradesh signed a MoU to design and implement the AP Fiber Net project – Cisco

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